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Crow Country wins Gold in IPPY 2023 Awards!
Independent Publishers Book Awards
“Crow Country’s wins the Gold in the 2023 IPPY Book Awards for Best Fiction Audiobook.
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“Crow Country’s powerful sense of place, purpose, and post-apocalyptic Colorado backdrop makes it a top recommendation for a wide range of readers who will find it a literary powerhouse of a read.”
Midwest Book Review Nov 2022
Midwest Book Review / Donovan's Literary Services Bookwatch
The print version of Crow Country represents a powerful study in survival and wonder; but an audiobook’s strength rests on its narrator. In this, Crow Country also shines, powered by a reader whose clear and dramatic voice does justice to the power of the written word by bringing it alive.
Readers of this apocalyptic Western novel may think they already know Emily Sullivan’s powerful work, but listening to it in audio imparts another layer of depth by adding the atmospheric embellishments that bring the story alive, from Judge’s cracking bones that “beg to sit” to the evolution of a confrontation that makes him a key figure of survival, control, and confrontation.
Hahn loses no power as the novel progresses. This is especially notable because Crow Country is no light or short read, but a narrative that takes the time to build the atmosphere and motivations driving this dark Colorado future.
Gilbert M. Stack
This is a beautiful written book filled with flowing passages of extremely vivid prose. Sullivan’s ability to bring this world and Judge’s relationships to life is the greatest strength of the novel. It’s matched only by narrator Will Hahn’s extraordinary reading of the story. Between her words and his voice, the reader is pulled fully into this bleak future where the chance to grasp hold of myth becomes more important than life.
Crow Country builds an atmosphere that any horror author would be proud to craft, even though I’m not absolutely certain that it’s intended to be a horror novel. An excellent addition to the growing post-apocalyptic western sub-genre, Crow Country focuses on the west some thirty years after what the reader guesses was a nuclear war that destroyed civilization. It doesn’t appear that nuclear radiation is a major problem in this particular part of the United States, but it looks like the accompanying EMPs brought the country to its knees and then kept driving the citizenry even lower.
Midwest Book Watch July 2020
Midwest Book Watch
Midwest Book Review July 2020 Reviewer’s Bookwatch – An inherently fascinating and thoroughly engaging read from first page to last, “Dreamworld: The Diary of an Unconscious Mind” is a unique, extraordinary, informative, ultimately inspiring, and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Contemporary Dream Psychology collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for students, academia, clinical psychologists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that “Dreamworld: The Diary of an Unconscious Mind” is also readily available in a digital book format.
January Magazine May 2020
Dreamworld: The Diary of an Unconscious Mind is a creative take on dream study that chronicles the adventures of one subject over the course of four years. Everyone dreams. Everyone experiences nightly excitements or unwanted terrors. But few write them down, and many of those memories are lost. Dreamworld’s subject has instead developed a habit over the past ten years: a habit to explore each and every dream and to tell the world of her experiences. But there exists a common belief that dreams are interesting to only the dreamer affected. So why read someone else’s? Because these dreams, these mythical tales and horror stories, are lovingly crafted and wildly weird. They aren’t simply tales to be told and forgotten – they are absurdly fictional events that have taken place within the nonfictional space of an imaginative mind. They are witty, satirical, light-hearted, and at times dark, but they try not to take themselves too seriously. A dream is the simple outcome of a playful mind, after all.